Category Archives: Default settings

A postscript about Top Level Domains

In a previous blog I reported that in 2018 the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) identified and took action against 105,047 urls containing child sex abuse material. That was an increase on the previous year where they identified 78,589. Of the … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

The only show in town

Recently I took part in a couple of events attended by high level professional child welfare and child development experts from across Europe, EU and non-EU. A great crowd. I thought I spotted someone at the second event whom I … Continue reading

Posted in Consent, Default settings, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

EU must up its game

Yesterday I received a copy of a reply to a question which had been put to the European Commission by British MEP Mary Honeyball. Here is the question Subject: The potential impact of the ePrivacy Regulation on the safety, security, … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Online Harms White Paper – the obvious problem

Some time ago I read a discussion of strategies online businesses might adopt to try to avoid the clutches of potential or actual Regulators. Without embarrassment or apology it was suggested companies deliberately bundle and entangle lots of things.  Why? … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, ICANN, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

The Not Scientist and others

On Tuesday the UK Government finally announced the trigger date (15th July) for those parts of the Digital Economy Act, 2017 which require commercial pornography sites to ensure persons under the age of 18 are not able to view their … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Default settings, E-commerce, Regulation, Self-regulation

Scary stuff

Over 90% of households in the UK receive their domestic broadband service via one of the “Big Four” ISPs. Each supplies customers with a set of family filters to restrict access to content considered unsuitable for children. These filters are … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Google, Internet governance, Location, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

No surprises but it’s still radical!! Big round of applause

The UK Government’s long-awaited White Paper on Online Harms finally appeared today. It has been warmly welcomed by children’s, parents’ and other civil society organizations. That’s because it is a first-rate document, signalling the beginning of a new approach to … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation